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    Hi picking fellows,

    here is a short comparison of a Collings MF 5 deluxe varnish, a Brentrup M 23 varnish and my well worn Collings MF 5.
    I recorded it with a pair of Schoeps MK 4 microphones to a Pendulum MDP-1 preamp. No processing, only pure recorded sound.
    I'm interested what you hear.

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    Default Re: mandolin comparison of three high class F 5 mandolins

    #3 sounds the best to me! Just a little darker and sweeter. #2 sounds a little buzzy. #1 and #2 are a little midrangey sounding.

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    Default Re: mandolin comparison of three high class F 5 mandolins

    That Brentrup is one POWERFUL mandolin! It seems to project the best, to my ear. Yes a little bit brighter. But in no way do I find it to be harsh to the ear. Just a wonderful sounding mandolin.
    The MF5, #3, does have a nice projection also. The tone is a bit more dark and woody. Definitely the tone of a well played Collings.
    Thank you so much for sharing this with us!
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    Could be the strings, but #2 sounds "jangly" to me and not quite the texture and soul I hear in #3. I also like #1. It has nice tone and character. My picks would be in this order: #3, #1, #2.

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    Default Re: mandolin comparison of three high class F 5 mandolins

    Doing some serious hair splittin here.

    The biggest difference I hear is the wonderful voice and accent.

    Would you read me a bed time story ?
    No matter where I go, there I am...Unless I'm running a little late.

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    Pick the one that sounds the worst to you and send it to me. You won't play it much anyway.
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    Default Re: mandolin comparison of three high class F 5 mandolins

    I liked all three but concur that they were all a bit mid-rangey. Of course that means cutting through the mix in a band. And I also agree that the 2nd was the most powerful. #1 was louder than #3, but #3 had the woodiest tone.

    That's what these old half deaf ears heard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Br1ck View Post
    Pick the one that sounds the worst to you and send it to me. You won't play it much anyway.
    Hey Br1ck,
    two of them are actually for sale - so you can pick the one you like best.
    Ellis A5 Special Deluxe
    Collings MF 5 (for sale)
    Gibson F 2 (1917)
    Lawrence Smart H 5 Mandola
    Gibson K 4 Mandocello
    Stefan Sobell 10-string Cittern
    Michael Sanden 8-string Bouzouki (for sale)
    Thijs van der Harst Octave Mandolin

    guitars, banjo, dobro, weissenborn, fretless bass, upright bass

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    Quote Originally Posted by Astro View Post

    Would you read me a bed time story ?
    Why not, if it can be about marvellous mandolins.
    Ellis A5 Special Deluxe
    Collings MF 5 (for sale)
    Gibson F 2 (1917)
    Lawrence Smart H 5 Mandola
    Gibson K 4 Mandocello
    Stefan Sobell 10-string Cittern
    Michael Sanden 8-string Bouzouki (for sale)
    Thijs van der Harst Octave Mandolin

    guitars, banjo, dobro, weissenborn, fretless bass, upright bass

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    Default Re: mandolin comparison of three high class F 5 mandolins

    Quote Originally Posted by mando-bob View Post
    Hey Br1ck,
    two of them are actually for sale - so you can pick the one you like best.
    But I like the one not for sale.
    Phil

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    I most certainly don't want to actually PAY for them. Just keep the case so it looks like you still have it. I can afford a case.
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